What is Media Studies?
Oler's argument in the Bitch Media article, "Pinned Down" is that not only do women account for the majority of visitors on "girly" sites such as Pinterest, but that women also have a higher populous, than men, on the entire internet. This chart is supportive of her argument that women are the majority in the world wide web, and that, possibly, it could help to change the entire discussion of women demographics being "girly". - Thad M.
This image depicts a parent neglecting to push their child, who is sitting in the swing, because they are too busy on their phone. This directly relates to topics discussed in Turkle's "Nostalgia of the Young". "Parents texted with one had and pushed swings with the other," says Turkle; making claims, throughout the essay, that children are now vying with technology for their parent's attention - Thad
Although this is obviously a parody, this meme resonates with ideas from Turkle's "Growing Up Tethered". In "Tethered" Turkle discusses the growing problem with the current generation and their dependence on technology. Turkle explores several problems teens of today face with feeling as if they need to be wired-in 24/7. One such problem is that teens openly admit to texting while driving even though they know the consequences it may bring; serious injury, or possibly death - Thad
Turkle also discusses how some students feel that their cellphones and other technologies are doing more harm than good in their lives. These students claim that technology can ruin relationships because we are too focused on our cellphones or computers to hold a conversation or pay attention to anything else that is happening around us. These students would much rather prefer handwritten letters as well as phone conversatons as opposed to texting.
Turkle's article discusses how some students feel that technology has recreated a more prominent helicopter parent because parents now have the power to contact their children at all times. Although cellphones have been advantageous in keeping in touch with family members, it can be harmful when parents contact their children too often.
This is one of the images that appears when you search for abortion on Pinterest. It is shocking to see an image like this and would cause too many problems if it were to appear on the homepage of Pinterest, which is why it must be searched for because Pinterest wants to maintain its pristine image.
This is one of the images that can be found on Manteresting. It is interesting to see how different the pins of Pinterest are from the nails of Manteresting. It is also interesting to see how the categories vary between both sites. One of Manteresting's categories is religion, whereas nothing so controversial would ever appear on the home page of Pinterest.
In Turkle's "The Nostalgia of the Young" chapter, she talks about how people have to compete with technology to get the attention they desire. She focuses on the child's need for attention from their parent but adults also feel isolation because of this. Children compete for their parent’s time while they are on their phones or computers as well as competition for their peer's attention which creates insecurities. -Shannen S.
In Turkle's "Growing Up Tethered" chapter, she talks about both teenager and adult reliance on technology. It controls much of their time and people feel out of place without it. They are essentially trapped. Because of the use of cell phones and internet everyone is always connected, even when they don't necessarily want to be. It also creates pressure to maintain an image of sites like Facebook. -Shannen S.